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Yogi Berra - A Legend Lives On by Shyam Amladi

September 22, 2015

 

 

An great sportsman and a philosopher left us today.

Yogi Berra , the legendary Baseball Hall of Famer played for the New York Yankees from 1946-63 and played one season with the Mets. He had 358 lifetime home runs and 1450 RBI's. He appeared in 14 world series including 10 championships.He was also one of the winningest team managers, with a career record of : 484-444-2

Aside from his on-field prowess, Yogi regaled America after his baseball days with his lovable, Confucius style witticisms which came to be known as "Yogisms". These were stunningly refreshing, unexpected and quite educational--but they stuck with you for life.

Here he is, with his single homer in 1952, tying the game.

Some of the famous Yogisms:

On his approach to at-bats: "You can't think and hit at the same time."

On selecting a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

On economics: "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

On the 1973 Mets: "We were overwhelming underdogs."

On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves "It's deja vu all over again!"

On baseball attendance: "If people don't come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?"

On a slipping batting average: "Slump? I ain't in no slump. ... I just ain't hitting."

On travel directions: "When you come to a fork in the road take it."

On pregame rest: "I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4."

On battling the shadows in left field at Yankee Stadium: "It gets late early out there."

On fan mail: "Never answer an anonymous letter."

On being told he looked cool: "You don't look so hot yourself."

On being asked what time it was: "You mean now?"

On being given a day in his honor: "Thank you for making this day necessary."

On a spring training drill: "Pair off in threes."

On his approach to playing baseball: "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

On death: "Always go to other people's funerals. Otherwise they won't go to yours."

When his wife asked him where he would like to be buried he replied, "Oh, I don't know. . . .surprise me!"

 

Rest in Peace, Old Warrior! You will be mightily missed, but now God can be entertained!

 

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